4 Tips to Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer Parties

Backyard PartyThe hot days and nights of summer are the perfect times to throw outdoor parties. However, it is necessary to get your patio in top condition. Here are five tips that will help.

1. Lighting is Essential

When you want to entertain on your patio in the evening, lighting is essential. There are simple types of lights to install that will add wonderful ambiance and utility to the space. String lighting, spotlights or solar lanterns will offer a touch of class and elegance.

2. Think Green

Greenery is a great addition around any patio. If you do not like the idea of large bushes and trees that need to be maintained, it may be a smarter idea to scatter small planter boxes around your yard. Small containers can be filled with colorful flowers that enhance the space. A good tip is to fill planters with a lightweight soil mixture. This encourages good drainage so that you maintain healthy plants.

3. Consider a Sheltered Space

In Ohio, the weather is unpredictable. Summer is known for sunshine and heat along with rain and humidity. If you are hosting an afternoon barbecue or similar event, your guests may want to have a place that is away from the warmth. You may wish to consider installing an awning or pergola over part of your patio. This could come in handy when an unexpected rainstorm pops up as well.

4. Outside Drink Station

No outdoor party is complete without a bar. It keeps people from constantly running inside of the house for drinks. The ideal bar will include a refrigerator to keep things cool and store ice, also containing a shelf to hold glasses will keep things compact and organized.

If you want to get your patio and backyard ready for summer, meet with the our experts to plan your perfect outdoor space.

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Landscaping Tips For Your Green Roof

grassIf you are building a new home or planning to make your current dwelling more energy-efficient, you should consider a green roof. Such roofs are perfect for urban buildings with shallow-pit or flat roofs, and can feature anything from a standard plant cover to a full garden. The primary reasons for installing this kind of roof include enjoying open space on the home’s rooftop and managing storm water. The following are tips on installing such a roof:

Creating a Foundation:

Install a plastic or rubber waterproof membrane on the top of the roof decking. After this is accomplished, a six millimeter plastic sheet should be placed on top of the waterproof membrane to function as a barrier against roots. When these two layers are in place, create one more thin layer of three-quarter inch foam insulation that is suitable for contact with moist soil.


Frame the sides of the roof with edging that will hold the soil in place and permit drainage. This frame can be made from wood, gutter guards or other appropriate material.

Add Soil and Plants:

The amount of soil added depends on the type of plants from which the roof will be made. Consult a botanical professional for landscaping tips and advice about various plants.

Additional Tips….

If pre-planted trays will be used, make sure to design a roof that will accommodate the length and width of the trays without any gaping spaces and remember that edging is not necessary with a tray system.

Vegetated Mats:

Another green roof alternative is to purchase vegetated mats, which are similar to sections of sod you would buy at a home and garden store. Only a thin layer of soil is needed if you plan to use vegetated mats.

Selecting Plants:

When selecting plants, keep in mind that it is not unusual for a rooftop to reach temperatures of 150°F or higher. Fortunately, a broad range of plants and grasses thrive in rooftop gardens. These include herbs, succulents, herbaceous perennials and sedums.

Regardless of your reason for desiring a green roof, you should consult a professional and schedule a careful assessment of your property to ensure that such a roof is a wise choice.

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